Are you considering leasing a new SUV? The 2017 model year of SUVs is already a great one, and auto companies are attracting new customers with outstanding SUV lease deals. Most lease agreements are for three years, allowing drivers to stay behind the wheel of the best SUVs on the market. Also, if you fall in love with your leased vehicle, you can always put your lease toward the purchase. We've evaluated some of the market's best lease agreements to bring you our top three -- we're highlighting leases for the 2017 Honda CR-V, the 2017 Toyota RAV4 and the 2017 Dodge Durango. What makes these lease deals so great, and would a lease agreement work for you? Read on to learn more about these top-rated options.

Why are these three SUVs the best lease deals in 2017?

We chose our top three of the Honda CR-V, the Toyota RAV4 and the Dodge Durango based on two questions -- which lease deals are the most affordable, and which SUVs offer the most versatility? These top-ranked SUVs can be leased with generous agreements, and each covers a vital segment of the crossover or SUV market.

Do I need a down payment to lease an SUV?

Lease agreements always require a down payment just as buying a new car often does. However, if you decide you want to purchase the SUV you're leasing, that can go toward the cost of the vehicle.

How much is it to lease a 2017 Honda CR-V?

Be sure to check with your local dealerships as lease values can change. Currently, the new Honda CR-V can be leased with minimum payments of just $271 per month for 36 months after a down payment of $2,628.

How much to lease a 2017 Toyota RAV-4?

You can get behind the wheel of a new RAV4 with a lease agreement of $299 per month for 36 months with $2,199 due at signing. This lease agreement also includes the ToyotaCare maintenance cost at no additional charge.

What about leasing the 2017 Dodge Durango?

The Durango's lease is usually the most expensive of our top three. The current leasing offer is for $325 per month for 36 months with $2,999 due at signing.

Which of these SUVs is best for my needs?

Each of these SUVs is fundamentally different. The Honda CR-V is one of the best choices for families, with versatile interior space and a smooth, quiet ride. The RAV4 is better suited for the more active buyer, but with an emphasis that's still more rooted in commuting. The Durango is the most powerful SUV on our list and is best-suited for weekend warriors.

Are lease payments less than financing payments?

When leasing an SUV, you'll almost always pay less on your monthly payments than if you were financing the cost of the vehicle -- and that's considering the nearly equivalent down payment you'd put down for either leasing or buying.

Where can I find these leasing offers?

You can request more information about leasing either through each auto company's website or through local dealerships. Before leasing, be sure to double-check rates and down payment amounts, as these often change throughout the year.